NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spots SECOND Star Trek logo on Red Planet

Katie Ramirez
June 14, 2019

Scientists, who have been working on the subject with the help of the so-called HiRISE instrument, have come to believe that the formation of the structure began with crescent-shaped sand dunes, where wind interacted with the surface. It has been snapping photos, monitoring Mars' weather conditions, and doing other analyses ever since.

The University of Arizona, which operates the MRO HiRISE camera, said: "Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo..."

The shapes were found in the southeast Hellas Planitia region of Mars, created by wind, lava and dunes. "You'd be right, but it's only a coincidence".

In Star Trek, Starfleet is the organization that the famous Captain Kirk and Spock are part of, which is responsible for conducting deep space exploration, research, defense, peacekeeping and diplomacy. But it seems there really is a Star Trek insignia on the surface of Mars.

It's also been explained that when the lava cooled down and became hard, it did this around the dunes.

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Deep-cut 'Star Trek' fans will know that if a Starfleet officer is lost and without communicators, they're supposed to try and trace the symbol of Starfleet in the ground in order to be rescued.


"However, they were still just dunes, and the wind continued to blow", the statement continued.

The footprints are also called "dune casts" and record the presence of dunes that were surrounded by lava. It can be clearly spotted in the photograph taken from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

These pits likely used to be sand dunes, with some the size of the US Capitol building.

It serves as a vital communications relay for NASA's Curiosity rover and InSight lander and is expected to support the Mars 2020 rover mission when that craft lands on the Red Planet.

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